Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes shut, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. Treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays is successful for many sinusitis sufferers. Inhaling steam or use of saline nasal sprays or drops can also help. However, at least 20 percent of patients do not respond adequately to medications.
Endoscopic sinus surgery with cutting instruments
Sinus surgery aims to clear blocked sinuses and restore normal sinus drainage. The procedure removes bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening. The removal of bone and tissue may lead to pain, scarring, and bleeding.
Endoscopic sinus surgery with balloon catheters (Balloon Sinuplasty™)
The technology utilizes a small, flexible, Sinus Balloon that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The Sinus Balloon is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously clocked sinus opening which helps to restore normal sinus drainage and function. There is minimal bleeding, and many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours. Clinical research has indicated that the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is a safe and effective instrument in dilating clogged sinuses.
The duration of the procedure varies by individual situations. Ask your healthcare provider for the most accurate answer.
In a study of 1036 patients who underwent sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology at multiple institutions, an average procedure time was 3 hours, including the surgery and post anesthesia recovery time. None of the patients required an overnight stay in the hospital.
Because the system is minimally invasive it is typically used in an outpatient setting. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours after surgery.
*Information provided by Acclarent Inc.